I really didn't think the past few months would be like this - so out of the ordinary. For people who rarely travel, we found ourselves gone for weeks at a time as we did a project out of state and took a vacation at the end of it. Let me just say how much I appreciate each of you Company Girls for hanging in there with me while I racked up one prolonged absence after another! I realize that ya'll have busy lives and I am blessed by your faithful company each day.
It feels good to be back to "normal," which for me is trying to figure out the best way to get around work so I can have fun. Some things never change.
Sidenote: my husband and I once took personality quizzes that summed up our work styles. His was "Let's do the work the right way." Mine was "Let's make the work fun." We were pegged, man.
Whether you are into the first few weeks of the kids' school, starting a new job, beginning a work project, dealing with toddlers or cleaning up after a puppy, it seems like there is always something that throws a monkey wrench into our best-laid plans. Days never really go as planned and it's easy to throw in the towel on organization, and things like personal hygiene. You start thinking, "what does it matter, really, if no one can find a place to sit in the living room because of all the clutter? It's just stuff - our stuff - and we're comfortable on the floor." You start to rationalize cereal for dinner (good source of fiber), mismatched socks (style statement), and children wearing PJ's all day because they can't find anything clean (it's good to be relaxed). You start to feel a little bit of satisfaction in your non-conformist, anti-June Cleaver lifestyle, but deep in your heart you know that life wasn't meant to be a free-for-all mess like this. You wish you could find things easily, and whip together a meal that didn't come out of a fast-food bag. You wish your home looked company-ready more than just once a year.
Let's get back on track together, shall we?
First. Let's decide that we CAN do better. It doesn't have to be a LOT better, just better. We can do this...it won't take MUCH, but it will take something. You on for this?
Next. Let's procrastinate "real" organization until next week, when we can break down a simple schedule and talk about meal planning. If these two subjects cause you to break out in hives, relax. All we are really going to do is set up some basic structure so you can have MORE FUN. This is why my systems work. And you get to put it off for a few more days.
Today's Small Thing is to do one thing better than you think you can.
Take a little step of "betterness." Eat your KFC Chicken at the table....instead of in front of the TV as you normally would. Send a real card (with a stamp) instead of an email. Vacuum the living room instead of stopping with a clutter pick up. Read a bedtime story to your child instead of a just a quick kiss goodnight. Unload the dishwasher, sweep the porch, flirt with your husband even if he's grumpy....simply decide to take ONE THING a notch further than you usually do.
BE the kind of woman you want to be....in one small way today. Think "I can do this one thing just a little bit better," and then do it. You'll find that, in the few seconds it takes to add a dash of intentional purpose, life will start to sparkle. And we love sparkley things, don't we?? This is gonna be fun!
What will you do better today?? I'd love to know!
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